Neon Genesis Evangelion

Season 1 Episode 25

Do you love me?

Aired Friday 12:30 AM Mar 20, 1996 on Cartoon Network
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Do you love me?
With the final Angel destroyed, Shinji struggles with his decision to kill Kaworu. He ponders why he pilots Eva; is it for the sake of mankind or simply to receive sympathy from others? Disappearing into nothingness, Gendo tells Shinji that this is simply the return to the state of the beginning, the primal womb that was lost. Misato tells him this is Instrumentality, and Shinji's wishes have shaped the world into a place of nothingness.moreless

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Yvonne Aguirre

Yvonne Aguirre

Asuka\'s Mother

Guest Star

Erin Rosaire

Erin Rosaire

Asuka\'s Stepmother

Guest Star

John Swasey

John Swasey

Asuka's Father

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    • This episode and episode 26 take place inside Shinji's mind. "End of Evangelion" takes place at the same time albeit in the real world.

    • Japanese Title: 「終わる世界」- ("Owaru Sekai") - "The World Ending"

    • This episode is widely considered by fans to be the low point of the series. Series creator and writer Hideaki Anno went through a long period of depression in the early 1990's. Episodes 25 and 26 are said to mirror his thought process near the end of his depression, and although fans have complained about the ending, Anno himself thinks it is perfect.


    • This is a singular piece of work with an exceedingly experimental structure. In spite of the story unfolding only through monologues and conversations between characters, the directing does a brilliant job maintaining the high tension. When it was originally aired, many voiced their opinion that they could not understand the story in Episode Twenty-Five and the Final Episode. However, there is actually a bare-bones explanation of the story within the show. That being... Gendou uses Rei to execute the Human Instrumentality Project and the complementation of man begins. Seeing the remakes, Episode 25' "air" and Episode 26' "My Purest Heart For You," may in fact make the content of Episode Twenty-Five easier to understand. The depictions of Misato and Risuko being shot to death, Unit-02 hugging its knees in the lake, and Asuka likewise hugging her knees within Unit-02 all correspond to Episode 25'.